The Newsletter of Killymoon Golf Club

Volume 6 Issue 11 - 15th August 2018


The Newsletter of the Killymoon Golf Club

Welcome to the 11th issue of forward 2018, a fortnightly newsletter which, over the spring and summer, will carry news and results from around the club.



Welcome to the latest issue of “Forward”.

Open Week 2018 has just concluded and was a tremendous success. A total of 760 players took part including 47 visitors – 47 more than in 2017 – due in no short measure to the excellent condition of our course this year. My thanks go to Kevin McCabe and Multimesh UK for their very generous sponsorship of the week’s events. I congratulate all the prize-winners and look forward to seeing you all at the Prize Presentation on Friday evening next.

The Club Match-Play competitions are coming to a conclusion with the finals pencilled in for Wednesday 29 August teeing off at 3pm with the Prize Presentation to follow at 8pm that evening. Good luck to all the finalists.

Our course continues to play well and if we could all tend to the holes we were given at the start of the year, conditions will continue to improve.

Congratulations to Paul Rooney and the Ronan Rafferty Team who have reached the final of the competition for the second year running. They will now meet Rockmount GC home and away in the final on dates to be confirmed. This was a fantastic achievement by all.

Finally, I would like to thank all those members who contributed to his chosen charities, the NI Children’s Hospice and the NI Air Ambulance. Contributions totalled £630.00 and cheques have been forwarded to both charities.

Harry Dunlop




Open Week at Killymoon GC teed off with The MULTIMESH UK sponsored Open Stableford event on Saturday 04 August and a large field of 184 members and visitors produced a close race for the honours. If the improving condition of a course is indicated by the challenge it affords then Killymoon is certainly in top shape as scores in and around level par are proving to be worthy of a place among the prize-winners as was evidenced by Saturday’s playing of this Multimesh UK stableford event.

An excellent 39 point tally from Patrick Conway was easily the best score of the day and deservedly took the top prize. Second and third spots went to Matthew Kempton and Dermot O’Neill respectively with 38 points, Matthew winning out on the better second nine of 20 points. Ryan McClintock took the gross prize posting 32 gross points to win on the better last three holes. The prizes for fourth and fifth went to John Halferty and Patrick McKernan with both players signing for 37 points. The best senior on the day was Gerry Daly with a 36 points return.

On Sunday 05 August it was the ever popular MULTIMESH UK 4 Person Team Scramble which was the feature and as always some low scoring was the order of the day in this format. First place went to the quartet of Rodney Hutchinson, Roy Montgomery, David Whyte and Nigel Talbot (55.5) with second spot going to the combination of Kevin Wilson, Seamus Coyle, Eoin Doyle and Terry Murphy (56.5). Best gross was collected by Matthew Kempton, Glenn Booth, Caolan Quinn and Dermot Donnelly with a nine under par tally, requiring a better last six holes of 20.

The MULTIMESH UK Open Stroke played on Monday 06 August attracted an entry of 80 players. A better second nine of 33 saw Ronan Fowley take the honours just ahead of Paddy Donnelly with both men finishing on 67. In third place was Terry Murphy with a 68 with the gross prize captured by Darren McCabe. Nearest the pin prizes were collected by Michael Meenan and Paul Wilson.

78 members and visitors teed it up in The MULTIMESH UK Open Medal played on Tuesday 07 August. Danny Maguire produced the round of the day signing for a 4 under par 66 and first prize. Norman Weir posting 67 nett took second place with Club President Hugh O’Neill picking up the spoils for third with a 68 nett on a better second nine holes of 35. Tiarnan McLarnon of Massereene GC won Best Gross, a one over par 71 while Ryan O’Reilly (Moyola Park GC) and Trevor Bownes will receive the prizes for nearest the pin at 8 and 18 respectively.

Wednesday 08 August brought The MULTIMESH UK Senior Gents Open with 77 members and visitors taking part. Low scoring was the order of the day with 20 players breaking par or better. Patsy Monaghan posted 63 nett to win the competition with Brendan Beggs and Alan Dawson taking second and third places respectively on 65 nett, Brendan’s better last six holes of 21 relegating Alan to third place. Paul Martin took Best Gross signing for 76 shots. Nearest the Pin prizes went to Eric Boyce at the second and Eamon “Omagh” McCann at eighteen.

The MULTIMESH UK Open 2 Persons Scramble played on Friday 10 August was very well subscribed with 57 pairs participating. The event was won by Mark and Michael Meenan with a 59 nett combined score edging Gerard Lawn and Mark Molloy into second place on 61.5. In third was the pairing of Ronan Sheehy and SP Coyle (61.75) and the best gross prize was won by Dean Crawford (Moyola Park GC) and Gareth Smyth )Ardglass GC) with a 4 under par 66.Gareth Smyth also picked up the prize for “Nearest the Pin” at 11 with Club Captain Harry Dunlop winning the prize at 18..

Open Week 2018 glided to a conclusion on Saturday 11 August with The MULTIMESH UK Open Team Waltz and 44 teams participated. The “Waltz” is a format in which one score from the four man team counts at the first hole; 2 at the second and three at the third and this is repeated for the remainder of the round.

Stepping out in style the winning combination was Malcolm Kee, James Kee, Thomas Megarry and Paul Martin waltzing their way to a score of 89 points needing a better second nine holes of 45 points to see off the challenge of Glenn Booth, George Faulkner, Clarke Faulkner and Julian Costelloe. Prizes for “Nearest the Pin at 13 and 18 went to Andrew McKernan and Mark Nugent respectively. The prize for Best 3 Man Team went to the combination of Paddy Donnelly, Steven Conway and Seamus Gormley signing for a score of 80 points.

Open Week 2018 has been a tremendous success with 760 members and visitors competing over the seven events. Our thanks go to Multimesh UK, a Kevin McCabe Company, for their very kind sponsorship.

All the prizes for Open Week Competitions will be presented at the Open Week Prize Presentation on Friday 17 August at 9pm.


The Prize Presentation Evening for all competitions played during Open Week 2018 will take place at 9pm on Friday evening 17 August. In addition to the Open Week Presentations, prizes will also be presented for the East Tyrone Shield, Tuesday Open Medal 31 July and 14 August, the Draperstown Trophy and the Junior Fund-Raiser played earlier in the day.

 Members are reminded below of the Terms and Conditions around Prize Presentation Evenings:

  1. The prize-winner is expected to attend.
  1. In his absence he is obliged to contact the Competition Secretary to nominate a deputy to accept his prize.
  1. A prize-winner MAY NOT act as nominated deputy.
  1. A nominated deputy may only accept a prize or prizes on behalf of ONE prize-winner.
  1. In Pairs and Team Events ONE member of the pair or team present may collect the prize.
  1. Bar Staff on duty are NOT permitted to accept prizes.
  1. Prizes not accepted will be returned to club funds.


A number of members have been asking about Exceptional Scoring Reductions (ESR) and what exactly constitutes this reduction. Hopefully the extract below from CONGU Rules will help to clarify the issue.

It is accepted within the Universal Handicapping System (UHS) that a player may on occasion return a low nett Qualifying Score. Such a score will automatically attract a handicap reduction within the UHS, relative to the player’s Handicap Category.

However, if a player returns more frequent low scores than would be expected for their Handicap Category this probably indicates a significant change of golfing ability. This can occur, for example, if a beginner or junior golfer is rapidly improving, if a player’s circumstances have changed allowing him/her to play more competitive golf or if an initial handicap allotment has been made based on limited information available on a new Member’s golfing ability and requires realignment. The ESR mechanism makes a further reduction in the player’s handicap, based on both the level of the scores returned and their frequency, in accordance with the Exceptional Scoring Reduction Table.

When a player returns a Qualifying Score with a Nett Differential of -4, or below, in a calendar year this triggers the ESR algorithm, setting an initial marker. An ESR calculation will be initiated the next time a Nett Differential of -4 or lower is returned by the player. The average Nett Differential of the two scores is then compared to the number of rounds in the sequence to establish an ESR. For this reason reductions of less than one stroke may be recommended as, when combined with the decrease applied by the system, the overall reduction will always be more than one stroke.

The case for applying an ESR increases as the average of the two Nett Differentials becomes lower and the number of scores in the sequence reduces.

The Exceptional Scoring Reduction does not apply to players in Category 1.


 An ESR will be restricted where it would reduce a Category 2 player into Category 1. Handicap reductions in such situations will only be able to reduce a player’s handicap to 5.5.


Competitions continue this week – end with the Alexander Cup supported by AH Fuel Oils Ltd under medal conditions on Saturday. Sunday brings an Open 2 Persons Mixed Scramble (any combination) again supported by AH Fuel Oils Ltd. The PG McErlean Memorial supported by Ms Eileen McErlean under medal conditions fills the diary for Saturday 25 August with a Club Stableford Sweep and an Open Mixed Greensomes including the Mr and Mrs Trophy down for decision on Sunday 26 August.


The latest winner of the Category Prize for Senior Golfers in Saturday competitions is Gerry Daly.   Gerry returned 36 points to win the category in the Multimesh UK Open Stableford on Saturday 04 August.




The Draperstown Trophy supported by Loughdoo Aggregates was played on Sunday 12 August with 61 members participating. Alastair Lyttle spread-eagled the field with a marvellous return of 44 points to win the trophy. Runner-up was Lorcan McCoy posting 39 points but had to rely on a better second nine of 20 points to relegate Ian Hutchinson to third place. Best Gross went to Ronan Fowley with 33 gross points.



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The penultimate Tuesday Open Medal supported by Bathe NI was played on Tuesday 14 August with 35 members and 28 visitors participating. Declan McGurk signed for 64 nett to take the first prize with Michael Meenan (67) in second place on a better second nine of 32 from Jude Kane of Dungannon GC. Dungannon’s Joseph Timlin posted a level par 70 for Best Gross. The final event in the summer long series will be played on Tuesday next 21 August.


The Friday Evening Sweep Series continued on Friday 03 August when a count-back was required to confirm the first three placings. Kevin Wilson secured first place signing for 20 points and a better last 3 holes with Vice Captain Hugh Doyle and Paul McElhone sharing second place.


The competition for Mr Hugh O’Neill’s President’s Prize will be played on Saturday 15 September. A booking sheet (divided into 1hr time bands) is available in The Professional’s Shop. Entry Fee is £5.00 payable at the time of booking. Optional “2”s will be available at £1.50. The sheet will remain on display until 6pm on MONDAY 10 September. The Competitions Committee will then make the draw for times and playing partners. The completed draw will be posted in the clubhouse and on the Club Website on WEDNESDAY 12 SEPTEMBER at 11.00 am.





The latest members to qualify for the season ending Champion of Champions 2018 sponsored by Time Bar+Venue, James Street Cookstown are Eamon Cullen and Alastair Lyttle. Eamon posted 66 nett to win the East Tyrone Shield and Alastair signed for 44 points to pick up the Draperstown Trophy.

 The Champion of Champions 2018 will now be played off with 18 holes on Saturday 22 September teeing of at 12 noon from white tees and the second round on Sunday 23 September from yellow markers teeing off at 12 noon. The winner will be the Best Aggregate Nett over the 36 holes. In the event of a tie for first place, a sudden death play-off, beginning at the first hole, will determine the winner.



A Golf Classic sponsored by Scott and Turkington and Newell Stores Dungannon and Coalisland to raise funds for the Junior Branch is being organised within the club for Friday 17 August. The monies raised from the event will go towards helping the Junior Branch in its development. The event will take the form of a 4 Person Team Waltz Stableford with entry of £100 per team to include 18 holes of golf and a meal at the end of play. Anyone wishing to enter a team or sponsor a tee is asked to contact the Office.


To determine the 2018 Golfer of the Year, points (10 – 1 descending) were awarded to the top 10 in each of the 15 Medal Competitions listed in the Fixture Book. After 12 events the standings read:

Nathan Magee 29,  Lorcan McCoy 21, Eugene Devlin 19, Mark Hampsey 17,  Trevor Bownes 14, Eamon McCann 13,  Colum Campbell 13,  Gareth Glendinning 13,  Donal Casey 13,  Stewart Gillis 12,  Martin Monaghan 11 and Martin McIvor 11.

Three events remain: the Alexander Cup, the PG McErlean Memorial and the Team Players’ Trophy after which the Golfer of the Year 2018 will be declared.


The Annual Match – Play Competitions, with the exception of the Sloane Cup, have all reached the semi – final stage and the finals in each division will all be played on Wednesday 29 August, teeing off at 3pm.

In the Sloane Cup supported by THE TILE SHED, Darren McCabe has reached the semi-final after victory over Matthew Kempton. The remaining quarter finals see Brian Quinn play Martin Monaghan, Paul Lennon take on Ryan Conway and Niall McKenna against David Whyte. .

Ciaron Corey has reached the final of the Twigg Cup supported by COAGH PHARMACY with the remaining semi-final down for decision between Alan Dawson and Alan McClenaghan.

The penultimate stage of the Presidents’ Trophy supported by GRAPHITI will see Brian Gogarty and John Halferty play Martin and Barry Monaghan with Gerard Lawn and Mark Molloy taking on Colin and Paul Donnelly.

The Greensomes Shield Final supported by DBS: DONAGHY BUILDING SUPPLIES sees Nigel Stewart and Thomas Megarry play Paul McElhone and Dermot Donnelly.

The final of the inaugural Boomer Senior Match – Play supported by RENE BOOMER will be between Brian Gogarty and the winner of the semi-final between Paul Rooney and Wesley Hutton.

Ivy Montgomery and Richard McCrea have reached the final of the Abbott Adair Mixed Greensomes, supported by ROBIN ABBOTT, where they will play the winners of the semi-final between Oonagh and Lorcan McCoy and Linda and Paul Lennon.

In the Traders’ Cup, Seamus Coyle will meet the winner of the semi-final between Mark Molloy and Barry Quinn in the final.

All outstanding quarter and semi-final matches are to be played on or before Sunday 26 August.

The Match – Play Finals will be played from 3pm on Wednesday 29 August and the full schedule reads:










As the year flies on there is less and less to report on.  Sadly, our Tyrone and Fermanagh team couldn’t compete on the day against a very strong Newtownstewart side and were narrowly defeated on Sunday. 

But …..  we still have the Mary McKenna team playing the home leg against Malone on Saturday 18th hoping to win the regional final.  The team won 2 of the 5 matches away – which is a fantastic result and with Mary McKenna herself hoping to be in attendance on Saturday we wish them all the best of luck and single putts.

Thursday competition results

Thursday, 2nd August our Craemill Open 3 Ball Scramble was a great success.  There was a large turnout for this popular day thanks mainly to Portadown Ladies who had their ‘away’ day with us.  The winners with a very credible score of 59.8 nett were Maura O’Kane, Donna Mulholland and Colleen Conway.  The runners up from Castlerock were Pamela Telford, Yvonne Mitchell and Hilary Mullan with 61.6 nett.

The Rhona Adair was won by Siobhan Rooney with a great score of 68 nett and Diane McIvor was runner up with 72 nett.

This Thursday is the Veterans and 18 holes competition.

The Doris MacMahon Open is on Saturday, 1st September so please invite all those ladies you think may enjoy a Saturday day out!

Good luck to the Trip to Tipp ladies – Linda Lennon, Kate Lennon and Oonagh McCoy - and I hope they play good golf as well. 

And finally, we are all looking forward to our Lady Vice Captain’s outing to Edenmore on Friday, 24th.  Don’t forget to pay any outstanding monies before being reminded!


Kathryn Kerr



Ladies’ Branch Competitions continue on Thursday next 16 August with the Veterans’ Trophy (Stableford) and an 18 holes competition. Thursday 23 August brings the Assam Cup Medal sponsored by Hagan Builders. The final Open Day of the season the 4BBB Stableford, kindly sponsored by Doris and MacMahon, will take place on Saturday 01 September. Online Booking is now available.




The Craemill Open 3 Ball Team Event played on Thursday 02 August attracted an entry of 96 members and visitors with many clubs from around the province represented. The winners, signing for 59.8 nett, were the combination of Maura O’Kane, Colleen Conway and Donna Mulholland. The runners-up were Yvonne Mitchell, Pauline Telford and Hilary Mullan from Castlerock GC (61.6 nett) while third place was won by Rhonda Glover, Diane McIvor and Heather Campbell (62.2 nett).






  The junior competition days each week have seen a succession of poor attendances through July and into August. Holidays are a big factor and possibly The Irish Junior Open events as well as losing a few players through injury. Hopefully this will right itself.

After losing the final of the Ronan Rafferty last year we were reasonably confident of a good run this time around with only losing one player via the age restriction. After a first round victory over Edenmore we met Mourne which gave us the opportunity to make up for last year's defeat in the final. The boys produced some lovely golf to win both legs by a margin of 15 points to 5 bringing a semi final contest with Warrenpoint. A home leg first gave us an opportunity to establish a lead to take to Warrenpolnt which we did with a 12.5 to 7.5 margin; although we allowed them a lifeline with Killymoon players failing in the final third of games to establish an even healthier lead.

With a trip to Warrenpoint only a few hours away confirmation came through of an injury to a key player. With five players unavailable through football commitments we tried a few younger options but they too had other plans. Left with no other option we conceded the points and travelled with 4 players which left us with a real battle to surmount. With losing the first game through some very good play from the home no.1 Ryan Murphy and Philip Gervin took seven and a half of the next eight points leaving us needing half a point in the last game to go through. Caoimhin Donnelly had lost his match 4/3 but coming to 16th tee he was only 1 down. Showing maturity beyond his years he made the green with an iron at 16 to level the back nine with a par 3 and went on to outplay his opponent on 17 to go one up which meant Killymoon were through and at this stage the home team conceded the match leaving the overall result:  Killymoon 21.5 to 19.5. To travel with a player short and produce this result was truly gutsy and I can't praise those young guys enough; it really was snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Our opponents will be Rockmount in the final to be played by 2nd September. There has been no confirmed date as yet.

Paul Rooney







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MULTIMESH UK, a Kevin McCabe Company,

is pleased to be associated with Killymoon Golf Club and to sponsor the Open Week 2018 Events.




Customer Care has proved the key to success for AH Fuel Oils since it was established over 20 years ago.

The company has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a fleet of tankers which deliver to domestic, agricultural and petrol retail outlets across the province.

According to A H Fuel Oils Managing Director, "A team of people working effectively and efficiently means we can give a much better service to the customer. We don't use the words no and can't."

A H Fuel Oils focuses on offering a complete service and full customer care. We offer same day delivery if possible. We always try to meet your requirements.

A 6 Day manned ordering service is in operation as we believe people do not want to hear an answer phone if they are in a difficult situation and need oil or repairs urgently.

Customer Care extends to a planned payment schemes, regular 'top up' services and advice on energy saving.

AH Fuel Oils                                                               Free phone: 0800 083 6065
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Co Tyrone
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AH FUEL OILS LTD is pleased to sponsor

the Alexander Cup and Open 2 Persons Scramble at Killymoon Golf Club





Loughdoo Aggregates (LA) started trading in 1991 with just three part-time staff.  From these humble beginnings the company has continually expanded and we now employ 25 people.

We supply sand, gravel and decorative stone and our quarry is highly renowned for its hard-wearing stone and our sand is very sought after in the precast concrete industry in which we have built up a reputation for supplying excellent products with a fast and efficient client service.  As our business grew more land for quarrying was acquired and in 2005 we opened our new quarry and installed a new screening system and CDE treatment plant.

In 2006 we ventured into the concrete business and later that year we began making blocks.  After a slow start we saw an upturn in trade and we realised that sticking to our principles of supplying a quality product at a realistic price was beginning to pay off.  We then applied for the highly sought after "quality scheme for ready mixed concrete" award and received this in 2007 in recognition of our quality concrete.

With the acquisition of more land for quarrying in 2008 we are looking forward to supplying aggregates and concrete to our loyal customers for many years to come.  At Loughdoo Aggregates we also supply golf courses and playing fields throughout Ireland with aggregates for drainage for the improvement of these grounds such as at Dungannon Golf Club, Bundoran Club, Sligo race course and the new Lough Erne Golf Club designed by top golfer Nick Faldo, to name just a few.  We have also supplied many horse arenas throughout Ireland with different grades of sand.

Products available include: ready mixed concrete, screed blocks and bricks, washed sand and gravel supplies, decorative stone and coloured pebbles for driveways and patios, all grades of sand for the sports industry. We also offer next day delivery and all Ireland coverage.    

LOUGHDOO AGGREGATES is pleased to sponsor

the Draperstown Trophy and the Team Players’ Trophy at Killymoon Golf Club


There was no winner of the £2850.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 05 August 2017. The letters were drawn by Roy Montgomery. The Lucky Letters drawn were H M P Q. There were NO winners of the Match 3 Mini Jackpot of £100

There was no winner of the £2900.00 Lucky Letters Jackpot on Sunday 12 August 2018. The letters were drawn by Lady Captain Kathryn Kerr. The Lucky Letters drawn were G H J P. Faye Acheson (AJGP) and Heather Bell (Online HJPR) both matched 3 letters and shared the Mini Jackpot of £100.

The next Lucky Letters draw will take place on this coming Sunday evening 19 August when the jackpot will be £2950.00 and the Mini Jackpot will be £100.00.



A man had two of the best tickets for the final day of the Augusta Masters. As he sits down, another man comes along and asks if anyone is sitting in the seat next to him.

“No”, he says, “the seat is empty”.

“This is incredible”, says the man, “who in their right mind would have a seat like this, the biggest golfing event in the world and not use it”.

“Well actually, the seat belongs to me. My wife was supposed to come with me but she passed away. This is the first “Masters” that we haven’t been together since we got married”.

“Oh... I am sorry to hear that. That is terrible. I guess you couldn’t find someone else - a friend or relative or even a neighbour to take the seat?”

The man shakes his head............

“No, they are all at the funeral”.


The next issue of “FORWARD” will be available on the web on Wednesday 29 August. We value your opinions and ideas and any member wishing to “Have Your Say” should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Friday 24 August.




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